Question: I pay for some of my parent’s medical expenses. May I deduct these expenses on my return?
If you can claim your parent as a dependent, you also may be able to claim a deduction for the portion of your parent’s medical or dental expenses that you paid. You must reduce your total deduction for medical and dental expenses by 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. There is a temporary exemption from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2016, for individuals age 65 and older and their spouses who can reduce their medical and dental expenses by 7.5 percent. See Medical and Dental Expenses in Chapter 21 of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, for additional information.
- Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses
- Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information
Category: IRS Procedures
Subcategory: For Caregivers